MOORLACH UPDATE — Happy Father’s Day — June 19, 2016

Allow me to wish you a Happy Father’s Day.

The editorial board disappointment concerning the failure of SB 1286 to make it to the Senate Floor continues. The Press-Enterprise and the OC Register weigh in below.

For background on this bill, please see MOORLACH UPDATE — Misconduct — June 2, 2016 june 2, 2016 john moorlach, MOORLACH UPDATE — Open-Government Bill — May 28, 2016 may 28, 2016 john moorlach, and MOORLACH UPDATE — Other’s Senate Bills – 1286, 443, and 899 — April 18, 2016 april 18, 2016 john moorlach.

BONUS: On his sixtieth Father’s Day, my father is traveling home from South Dakota. He went there to pay his last respects for his younger brother, Meindert.

Many are curious about my name. In appropriate Dutch tradition, the first born son is named after the father’s father. In my case, and in the case of my two first-born male cousins (born to my father’s brothers), we share the first name of Johannes. In the states, John is the easier version.

My middle names are for my father’s two brothers, Meindert (Michael) and Willem (Wim). Hence, the handle John M. W. Moorlach. Last month I adjourned in memory of my Uncle Meindert on the Senate Floor, letting my colleagues know that I had lost the "M."

On this Father’s Day, I want to remember my uncle’s four sons, my American cousins, John, Robert, Richard, and Brian, and their wonderful mother, Aunt Marilyn, at their time of loss. Uncle Mike’s obituary is provided below.

I also want to thank my father for also making the major life decision of moving his young family to California and for being a hard-working, steady, and devoted father to me and my three siblings. Thanks, Dad! I’m sorry for your loss. And I’m so proud that you flew to South Dakota this weekend, with my brother, Edward, to represent the California clan. I love you, Dad!

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Right to remain silent

Public losing out to police in state Capitol

There’s no contest when it comes to police privacy vs. the public’s right to know. The cops are winning all the lobbying battles in the state Capitol this year.

Next up is a bill by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, that would allow a law enforcement officer to block a public agency from responding to a Public Records Act request for body-cam footage or other recordings.

This is an unwise and counterproductive bill, bad for the public and bad even for police in the long run. Yet Mr. Santiago’s Assembly Bill 2533 sailed through the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

The bill – sponsored by the Peace Officers Research Association of California and opposed by the California Newspaper Publishers Association – would require a public agency to provide an officer at least three business days’ notice before posting on the internet any audio or video recording of the officer, recorded by the officer or involving the officer. That would give the officer time to seek an injunction and tie up release of the recording in court, even if the agency wants to comply with the public-records request.

As James Ewart, CNPA’s general counsel, wrote to Asm. Santiago, his bill “would allow a self-interested individual to have a stranglehold over information that the public has an overwhelming interest in obtaining and that a law enforcement agency may want to disclose immediately for the good of the community.”

He cited as an example LAPD’s infamous beating of Rodney King: In a similar case today, if AB 2533 were the law, the agency could not release any officer’s body-cam footage for three days – or more, if the public has to overcome an injunction – while graphic videos by bystanders would be ubiquitous. That would stoke the community’s suspicion about police rather than allaying it, as a quick release of footage might.

The members of the Senate Public Safety Committee should stop this bill in its tracks.

On the other hand, a bill that would have greatly improved transparency for California’s police agencies died quietly in the Senate late last month.

Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, used his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to kill SB 1286, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, without debate. The bill had been passed by two Senate committees, but Sen. Lara placed it on suspense May 9 and didn’t bring it back for consideration by the deadline to move bills to the Senate floor.

Sne. Leno’s bill, co-authored by Sens. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa and co-sponsored by the CNPA, the ACLU and other organizations, would have allowed the public access to records of investigations and discipline in police use-of-force cases – but only when a police agency had found its officer had violated public rights, not when there are mere allegations.

It also called for members of the public who file a police misconduct complaint to be told how the department responded to it.

Those are records the public has access to in states like Texas and Utah, for example, but not in California. And our Legislature is keeping it that way.

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Meindert “Mike” Moorlach of Brandon, SD died, Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be 11:00 am Saturday, June 18, at George Boom Funeral Chapel-Brandon, 2500 E. Aspen Blvd.

Mike was born October 11, 1930 at Uithuizermeeden, the Netherlands, the son of Johannes and Geziena Cornelia (Ausema) Moorlach.

Mike completed his early education in Uithuizermeeden. He attended Milling College following the Second World War. Mike worked in flour mills in Germany, Sweden and Holland while waiting for his visa to immigrate to the United States.

Mike came to the United States in 1956 to work for Montana Flour Mills near Bozeman, MT. After a time, he worked for a flour mill in Fergus Falls, MN where he met Marilyn Miller of Glencoe, MN. They were married on September 23, 1961. After five years living and working for the Moorlach Flour Mill in Holland, they returned to the United States living in Minnesota, Iowa and Utah before settling in the Brandon Valley area of South Dakota.

Mike worked as a salesman for several companies before his retirement in 2009. In retirement, he became very active in scroll-sawing creating many crafts. Later, Mike developed a successful internet business called Mike’s Workshop importing and selling scroll saw blades internationally under the name "Flying Dutchman Scroll Saw Blades."

Mike is survived by his wife, Marilyn; four sons, John (Kate) Moorlach, Indianola, IA, Rev. Robert Moorlach, Jackson, MN, Richard (Kathy) Moorlach, Fishers, IN, and Brian (Hilary) Moorlach, Farmington, MN; five grand-daughters, Meghan, Olivia, Alexandra, Ava, and Amelia; six grandsons, Lane, Leighton, Ben, Matthew, Adam, and Luke; two brothers, Kent (Rita) Moorlach, Buena Park, CA, Wim (Dortje) Moorlach, Uithuizermeeden, the Netherlands; two sisters, Autje Moorlach, Hoogeveen, the Netherlands and Carla Moorlach, Groningen, the Netherlands; along with several nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Hilje.

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